The 5-6 Washington Redskins will travel to Dallas to take on the 5-6 Cowboys in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Both of these teams are tied for second in the NFC East and if the season ended today, they would each miss out on a playoff birth. Last week Washington ended a 2 game losing streak with a 20-10 road victory over the New York Giants. They were without tight end Jordan Reed who missed the previous 4 games with a hamstring injury and he hasn’t been cleared to play this week. Dallas suffered its third loss in a row without Ezekiel Elliott who is in the middle of service his six game suspension. Their offense struggled again as they were defeated 28-6 at home by the Los Angeles Chargers.

Washington’s defense dominated the Giants allowing them to gain just 197 yards of total offense. They intercepted Eli Manning once and sacked him 4 times. They did a good job against the run limiting the Giants to just 84 yards on 24 carries. For the season, the Redskins defense has allowed their opponents to score an average of 25 points and gain 362 yards per game. Offensively, Kirk Cousins did enough to lead them to victory. He completed 19 of 31 passes for 242 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception but was also sacked 6 times. His favorite target was Jamison Crowder who had 7 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. They also had success running the ball as they gained 122 yards. Samaje Perine led the team with 100 yards on 24 carries.

Dallas ‘s offense has now scored 22 points combined in their last 3 games and it starts with Dak Prescott who finished with a quarterback rating of just 14 last week. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 179 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. In the last 3 games Prescott has 5 interceptions, 2 lost fumbles and 0 touchdowns. His favorite target was Jason Witten who had 7 receptions for 59 yards. They did have some success running the ball gaining 107 yards on 21 carries, which is an average of 5.1 yards per carry. Defensively, they were able to intercept Matt Ryan once and had 1 sack. They allowed the Falcons to gain 132 rushing yards on 34 carries and had 9 tackles for losses. On the year, their defense has allowed their opponents to 24.5 points and gain 370 yards per game.

Washington will have home field advantage for this game and are 1-point underdogs. They have gone 5-6 against the spread this season including just 2-4 at home. Dallas has also gone 5-6 against the spread including 3-2 on the road. Neither team has been eliminated from the playoffs yet as they are each 2 games behind the Falcons for the last AFC wildcard spot. This is a must win game for both teams with the Redskins having played better football over the last few weeks.

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